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dirks

A field which covers material from the late medieval period through to the 20th century and includes particular specific subjects such as Scottish dirks, naval dirks and Third Reich dress dirks. Good reference books include The Scottish dirk by James D Forman.

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militaria item Mediterranean knife, unmarked silver mounts
- French
This is the classic Mediterranean knife of the 18th century, carried by prosperous peasantry and landed gentry alike. At this point, in the 18th century, Savoy was part of Italy, large chunks of Savoy being ceded by Italy to France at the end of the wars with Austria under Napoleon III.
£450.00
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militaria item Nicholas II naval dirk
- Russian
This is the last, and possibly rarest, of the Russian naval dirks from the Imperial era. They were introduced sometime around the Crimean war, generally with rather longer blades and plain gilt brass fittings. This type continues with identical fittings, except that the pommel has the emperor's monogram embossed on it.
£900.00
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militaria item Dagger
- Bhutanese
This is an example of the daggers commonly found in Bhutan and Tibet, the latter being, on the whole, rather more elaborate. The blades are normally made of meteoric iron, as opposed to wootz steel from India. These were brought back typically from British frontier expeditions in the 19th century.
£175.00
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militaria item Royal Navy fighting dirk
- British
This is likely to have been made towards the end of the American Revolutionary War (Peace of Paris, 1783) or during the early part of the Napoleonic Wars (starting 1793). This would have been carried by an RN officer or HEIC naval officer, and this example is interesting in having a particularly long (approx 26") blade.
£600.00
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militaria item Thames river-find dagger chape
- European
This bronze chape (3cm across at the top) would have been the bottom mount of a scabbard, probably for a dagger, typically one of the classic left-hand daggers so often seen on portraits of the period with the pommel peeping out on the other side to that of the rapier. Decoration on 17th-century pieces tends to be much simpler.
£20.00
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militaria item Paratroop gravity knife
The left-hand knife in the top and bottom photos (with the darker grip) is a real original. The right-hand example, as well as the two centre photos, are of a modern copy, almost certainly made in Pakistan. NB: the marlin spike has an RB number identical to the original and a Luftwaffe acceptance stamp as well.

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